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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Theater fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center as Centenary Stage Company announces its 2018/19 professional theater line-up.  This season’s main stage professional theater series includes four exciting CSC productions ranging from horror to a world premiere, from a spectacular musical to a timely relevant classical text. The season launches with Bram Stoker’s classic horror Dracula adapted and directed by Charles Morey. The season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett. CSC’s Family Holiday Spectacular returns with everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie: The Musical. Finally, theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to present John Alan Wyatt’s translation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series also returns and new for 2018/19 season Centenary Stage Company will be presenting the Gates Ferry Series: “What is Truth?” led by guest artists Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso.

                Centenary Stage Company launches its professional theater series with Charles Morey’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula October 12 through October 28 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. In addition to providing the adaptation, Mr. Morey will be lending his more than 45 years of professional experience from coast to coast to the production by joining the CSC creative team as director. A potent and theatrical adaptation of the classic horror novel that is strongly faithful to the original. “The script crackles with a vigorous, at times pounding style… wonderfully theatrical… no less erotic than the novel, in fact, it comes across as more so.” (The Event)
                Bram Stoker’s Dracula runs October 12 through October 28 with specific performances on Fridays, October 12, 19 and 26 at 8PM; Saturdays, October 13, 20 and 27 at 8PM; Sundays, October 14, 21 and 28 at 2PM; Wednesdays, October 17 and 24 at 2PM; and Thursdays, October 18 and 25 at 7:30PM.
November 9 through November 18 Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett. Developed in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series and supported by the National New Play Network Apples in Winter received the 2015-16 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre. Miriam loves to bake apple pies and today she’s received a special request to make her signature recipe. But this day is going to be different, because Miriam has decided that this will be the last apple pie she ever bakes.

Apples in Winter runs November 9 through November 18 with specific performances on Fridays, November 9 and 16 at 8PM; Saturdays, November 10 and 17 at 8PM; Sundays, November 11 and 18 at 2PM; Wednesday, November 14 at 2PM and Thursdays November 8 and 15 at 7:30PM.
Centenary Stage Company’s annual Family Holiday Spectacular returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center November 23 through December 9 with Annie: The Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan in 1930’s New York. Annie: The Musical features a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Annie: The Musical runs November 23 through December 9 with specific performances Fridays, November 23, 30 and December 7 at 8PM; Saturdays, November 24, December 1 and 8 at 8PM; Sundays November 25, December 2 and December 9 at 2PM; Wednesdays, November 28 at 2PM and December 5 at 10AM (school matinee) and Thursdays, November 29 and December 6 at 7:30PM.
Finally, Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage theatrical season wraps with John Alan Wyatt’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People February 15 through March 3 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The production marks the culmination of The Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth” (below) led by theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth.
An Enemy of the People runs February 15 through March 3 with performances Fridays, February 15, 22, and March 1 at 8PM; Saturdays, February 16, 23, and March 2 at 8PM; Sundays, February 17, 24 and March 3 at 2PM; Wednesdays, February 20 and 27 at 2PM and Thursdays, February 21 and 28 at 7:30PM.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Coming this July to SOPAC! Hunchback of Notre Dame

Coming this July to SOPAC!


SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center)


South Orange, New Jersey

Enjoy this interview with our BroadwayWorld-winning director, Jeffrey Fiorello, and learn more about our production!

To close the season in the summer, LONJ presents Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's soaring masterpiece, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with musical direction by Stephen Fox and choreography by Michael Scannelli. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film, Hunchback showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book blends the adapted story from the film with more sections of Hugo's gothic novel to tell the gripping tale of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his dreams for love and freedom.



Outdoor fun 'THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS' at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

(left to right): Jay Leibowitz as Pantalone de Bisognosi, James Michael Reilly as Truffaldino, and Aurea Tomeski as Smeraldina. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.
The Servant of Two Masters

Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Translated and adapted from the play by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Doug West

Performances Begin June 20 

"Two masters equals two salaries!
Two salaries equals double dinners!"

Last seen eight years ago at the Outdoor Stage, we'll present a fresh new production of this 272-year-old slapstick comedy. This wild Italian romp will pull you in as Truffaldino makes the audience privy to and complicit in his increasingly complicated attempts to serve two masters at one time. Doug West, fresh from his success with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, will direct the exuberant craziness. Don't forget to pack your picnic for al fresco dining as we transport you to 18th century Venice! 

Young people 18 and under attend for FREE! 

Auditions: 'The Dinning Room' at the Barn Theatre in Montville

The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 91st Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "The Dinning Room" on Sunday and Monday, July 8th and 9th from 7 to 10 pm.  Callback date July 10th. (by invitation) "The Dinning Room" will be directed by Omar Kozarsky.
Show Synopsis:  Set in a single dining room, six actors perform 18 overlapping scenes from different households. Each scene focuses around a different family during different time periods. At its heart, it tells the story of the dying culture of upper-middle class Americans who over time have focused less on tradition and more on family progress.
CAST REQUIREMENTS: 3 Males, 3 Females,   All ethnicities encouraged to audition The actors must be able to portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Scenes run the gamut from a father lecturing his son on grammar and politics; a boy returning from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, and other subjects.
Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all adults of any age. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed.
Performance Dates: Sept. 7,15,21,22,28,29 at 8pm and Sept. 8,9,16,23 at 2pm
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact
***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition (not after casting as the director reserves the right to replace anyone who develops too many conflicts AFTER casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.
The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ.  For directions to the theatre, please see

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kids Theater Workshop at Holmdel Theatre Company

Does your child love to use their imagination? Tell stories? Get silly? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for them to do all that and more! Through this 4-week workshop, kids will learn the basics of theatre and improvisation through fun improv games that will get them actively involved in what they are learning, empowering them to express themselves creatively through acting and storytelling!

The class is being taught by Rachel Brudner, a rising senior at Muhlenberg College majoring in Theatre, who has had the pleasure of participating in several shows at Holmdel Theatre Company. Her professional credits include performances at Two River Theater and Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT, recording audiobooks for Little Fox, an ESL website used in schools internationally, and singing in children's videos for Mother Goose Club. She teaches a weekly theatre class at Jefferson Elementary in Allentown, PA, and is currently interning at TADA! Youth Theatre in NYC. She is thrilled to be returning to instill the same passion for theatre in kids that she gained from working on productions at HTC!

The class is suited for children ages 8-12

Saturday mornings 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 14th through August 4th


To register click below. Please email for more info

Class size limited-- reserve now!

Classes are held at the Duncan Smith Theater: 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733

Trilogy Repertory Company to present Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ at Plays in the Park


Trilogy Repertory Company opens another great summer season of Bernards Township’s “Plays in the Park” on July 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, at  8pm, at Pleasant Valley Park, Basking Ridge, with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Jaye Barre of Basking Ridge, with musical direction by Joe Lesky of Somerset and choreography by Kristin Sarboukh of Bound Brook.  The musical is based upon Disney’s 1989 animated film of the same name and the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea. The book is by Doug Wright, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater. The underwater setting and story about aquatic characters will require unusual technical designs and special effects.

Ariel (Claire Dempsey of Morristown), King Triton’s (Adam Barr of Basking Ridge) youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric (Nicholas Re of Bernardsville) in the world above the sea.  She bargains with the evil sea witch Ursula (Angela Rose Masi of Basking Ridge) to trade her tail for legs, but the bargain is not what it seems.  Ariel seeks the help of her friends Flounder the Fish (Max Rodriquez of Basking Ridge), Scuttle the Seagull (Alan Scott of Montclair), and Sebastian the Crab (Joseph Schmidt of Bedminster) to restore order under the sea. Other main roles include Grimsby (Hank Barre of Basking Ridge) and Chef Louis (Frank Skokan of Bedminster).

The musical opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Funtanne Theater on January 10, 2008, running for 685 performances and receiving two Tony award nominations. Theatergoers will recognize the songs “Part of Your World,” originally sung by Sierra Boggess in her Broadway debut, as well as “Under the Sea.”

Play Reading by Tri-State Actors in DLT

​​Written by: Peter Mitsopoulos
Directed by: Paul Meacham
June 28 and 29 at 8pm.
A play that touches the loss we have all known; and held onto. It’s Brooklyn in 1958 and Anna McCarthy is losing things. Her business, the Anna Goanna Hair Salon, has lost customers. She may also lose her lease. She has nearly lost her relationship with her daughter, Dora, and may even lose the love of Joe Franelli, the widower who owns a nearby bakery. These losses stem from the one thing Anna refuses to lose: her connection to her other daughter, Katie, who was never born: medical complications forced Anna’s husband to choose between Katie’s life and his wife’s. But Anna still clings to the lost Katie, real to her mother, always present. Katie urges her mother to release her from this limbo and “let me go,” but Anna refuses.

Auditions: Mike Poblete's SURFACING at Planet Connections Festivity at Clemente Theatre


This is an Equity showcase. Actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!
2 actors sought for debut world premiere of Mike Poblete's SURFACING at the Planet Connections Festivity at the Clemente Theatre on Suffolk Street in Manhattan.

Performances are:
Friday, July 13th: 5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday, July 15th: 6:15pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, July 18th: 9:30pm-10:45pm
Wednesday, July 25th: 5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday, July 29th: 5:15pm-6:30pm
Friday, August 3rd: 7:45pm-9:00pm

About Surfacing:
Chelsea has no idea how to take care of her older sister, Marissa, after her failed suicide attempt … until they each discover the horrors of Tinder. Mike Poblete serves up an unapologetic tome about family, sex, life & death, sex, starting over in 2018 … and did we mention sex?
Female, early 30's. A talented painter, originally from Iowa, she has worked as a gallery assistant in the Lower East Side for the last few years before she lost her job. Five months ago she tried to kill herself by stepping in front of a garbage truck and now needs a cane to walk. The recovery process is long and painful. She’s bitter, angry and depressed; yet she also has a sense of humor and wants attention. Along with the self-loathing there is also a certain performative quality to a lot of her lines, the actor playing Marissa shouldn’t be afraid to have fun with her.
Female, early-mid 20's. Marissa’s little sister. A recent college grad, seven weeks ago she moved in with Marissa to take care of her. Real life came crashing in on her expectations of the world when she got the call about her sister, now she’s desperately trying to keep up a waitressing job and being the guardian of her older sister. The stress strains her normally bubbly and optimistic personality.
Please email your headshot and resume to, we will provide a monologue from the show for you to prepare, as well as an audition time.
A small stipend will be provided per Equity showcase regulations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Titus Andronicus Will Play at The Shakespeare Theatre for the First Time in Over 30 Years


MADISON, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its 56th season with its second Main Stage production, Titus Andronicus. Resident Director Brian B. Crowe will helm this rarely produced Shakespearean tragedy. STNJ veteran Bruce Cromer will play the title role; Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and returning company members Vanessa Morosco and Benjamin Eakeley will play leading roles amongst a cast of 20 actors that also includes young artists from the Theatre’s renowned Summer Professional Training Program. Performances begin July 18. Patrons can purchase tickets at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at

Not seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in over 30 years, the Bard’s infamous play was wildly popular with the Elizabethan audience. Now might just be the right time to present it to a modern audience who seem to share the Elizabethan appetite for revenge epics. This unsettling portrait of a society drowning in violence and seemingly bereft of civil thought or action holds a disturbing mirror up to aspects of today’s world.

Director Brian B. Crowe said, "Titus Andronicus is a play that has been on my ‘wish list’ since my college years – a time when Bruce Cromer was one of my professors. I find it to be one of Shakespeare’s most exciting and accessible plays because it plays much more like Game of Thrones or Braveheart than the Masterpiece Theatre idea of Shakespeare. It’s visceral and captivating, and at times, wickedly funny."

The Cast:

brucecromerpageBruce Cromer will play the title role of Titus Andronicus for his ninth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His company credits include last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, and The Taming of the Shrew, among many others. Mr. Cromer is a resident actor with the Human Race Theatre, a 30-year professor of acting for Wright State University, and a certified Stage Combat teacher.

CUCCIOLI_335FINE-358x500After directing last season’s opener, The Merchant of Venice, Robert Cuccioli returns to the STNJ stage for his 11th season as Marcus Andronicus. Mr. Cuccioli earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde. His additional Broadway credits include Les Misérables and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.

Benjamin Eakeley returns to The Shakespeare Theatre for his fourth season as Saturninus. His company credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Illyria, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Carnival!. Mr. Eakeley’s Broadway credits include She Loves Me, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Vanessa Morosco will play the Goth Queen Tamora as she returns for her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Her company credits include last season’s What the Butler Saw opposite her husband Peter Simon Hilton, as well as the Outdoor Stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has performed regionally with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Florida Studio Theater, and Fulton Theater.

clarkAs Lucius, Clark Scott Carmichael returns for his 15th season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His company credits include Coriolanus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry VIII, and A Christmas Carol, among many others. His film and television credits include Ocean’s 8, The Kindergarten Teacher, Pose, and Boardwalk Empire.

After appearing in last season’s Shakespeare in Love, Quentin McCuiston returns for his fifth season in the role of Chiron. His other company credits include Pericles, Oliver Twist, and Timon of Athens. He has performed regionally with Zephyr Repertory Theatre, Wallis Knot, Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, and Red Clay Theatre.

Making her STNJ Main Stage debut is Fiona Robberson in the role of Lavinia. Ms. Robberson is now attending the Julliard School in New York. Her regional credits include Dallas Theatre Center, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Undermain Theatre.

In his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre, Chris White will play the role of Aaron the Moor. He has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Theatre at Monmouth, and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, where he performed in Ruddigore and as the title role in The Mikado.

Torsten Johnson will play Demetrius in his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, and Parallel 45.

Rounding out the cast are Oliver Archibald, Elizabeth Colwell, AJ DeAugustine, Courtney McGowan, Jackson Knight Pierce, Braden Spear, and Kyle Walton.

Dreamcatcher Presents Monologues at MONDO On Thursday nights in July

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit presents the series Monologues at MONDO on Thursdays from July 5 through 26 at 8 pm at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (

Monologues at MONDO is an annual event where Dreamcatcher’s actors perform solo works as readings in the intimate performance space at MONDO, a brownstone that houses numerous arts and culture programs in the heart of Summit. The series provides audiences with an opportunity for casual entertainment at an affordable price, while also introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Clark Carmichael will perform The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” Clark Carmichael will share Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

The following Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Laura Ekstrand will perform We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee. Drawing from true stories of people’s experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, Young Jean Lee creates a life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: we’re gonna die. "Young Jean Lee is, hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation . . . A combination of pop concert and autobiographical lament for the human condition, We're Gonna Die's forthright acknowledgment that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny, and, yes, consoling." -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Nicole Callender will perform Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard. The lyrical, lifting words of Charlayne Woodard weave stories of two young sisters in the small world of Albany, New York; of Ku Klux Klan riders burning a cross—the ironic "pretty fire" of the title—in the hilltop black town of Rosignol Hill, Georgia; of three generations of family love, struggle and triumph. An authentic, mesmerizing experience of contemporary African-American life. Filled with earthy humor, it takes readers on a universal journey through a world in which the family bond is as strong as steel.

Last in the series on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Jason Szamreta will perform The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. “An affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated.” -Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for all Monologues at MONDO are $20 when reserved in advance and $25 at the door. All shows begin at 8:00. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged because space is limited. To reserve you can email or call 917-969-4534. MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the building. The facility is wheelchair accessible. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment. We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation and many other corporations, foundations and individuals. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Audition:Brundage Park Playhouse for Annual Kids Cabaret 2018


BRUNDAGE PARK PLAYHOUSE: KIDS CABARET – Believers: A Night for the Dreamers

Brundage Park Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming performances of our Annual Kids Cabaret 2018.

The Audition Dates are Friday, June 29th at 6-8 pm and Saturday, June 30th at 1-3 pm at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ for performers ages 8 to 18. No appointment is necessary.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing a song which best features their vocal skills. Please bring a headshot and/or resume to the audition. Photos will be provided if you do not have a headshot.

Performance Dates: August 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 PM, August 11and 12 at 2:00 PM.

Talented youth put on the 2018 Kids Cabaret, one of our most popular performances for young performers, with various musical numbers and comedy skits that is family friendly fun.

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092 or visit our website at

Candice Guardino's solo show 'Italian Bred' one night only at Two River